This one should start some arguments!
We all know that the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer character is NOT PD, even though IA has a copy of the revised cartoon of that name, with the famous song added.
Superman, the Shadow, Dick Tracy and the Lone Ranger are just a few other characters on here that are trademarked, but still appear in PD video.
And we know that Rankin & Bass made a stop-motion animation of Rudolph in 1964, with an invalid copyright notice claiming copyright from the year 1164 that still appears on the DVD! The film itself was PD the day it was first shown.
We also know that the soundtrack to this TV special is copyrighted six ways from Sunday, so the Rankin & Bass flick, as a whole, isn't in the Public Domain.
In its original form, that is.
The film itself is obviously PD, but the soundtrack was sold (and copyrighted) separately. The solution? Replace the music with tunes from the Internet Archive!
Jack Hawke's "Chinese Breakdown" is from an undated '78, the Bearettes "Carol of the Bells" is labeled PD, and the US Marine Corps "Jingle Bells" is owned by we, the people. Music from the old cartoons "Snow Foolin,'" "Santa's Surprise," "Christmas Comes but Once a Year," and "Judge for a Day" is used as well. I had to leave the incidental music beneath the dialogue, but I say "Fair Use!" of the snippets of famous songs that remain.
A little editing, some additional credits, a new title sequence to remove the trademarked name and we now have a 45 minute version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" called "Santa's Ninth Reindeer" that nobody can take down. Alas, without the song that started it all. :(
Please excuse the low quality, but it's the only way I could get this thing under a gig so I could upload it. The advanced system always rejects my Nero videos.
Yes, since I'm the one that assembled the disparate pieces of public domain film & music, I get to copyright it. So there.
June 7, 2011 Subject:
Rudolph the 9th
Really not a bad effort at all. The question I have is, did you have fun doing it?
February 15, 2011 Subject:
Though the original 1964 version may be PD. Isn't a new copyright established if the original is altered in some way or is that a recent amendment to copyright laws. Here's the thing. R/B's Rudolf
was altered several times since then. Over the years parts were cut then later replaced. Some scenes were rearranged and some new sequences were
even added. Also, the dialogue was altered slightly in some spots. All of this was done by Rankin Bass at the request of the network airing the special. I know parts were added to make it longer.
Another thing: Some of the copyrighted music is still heard in the background throughout the show.
December 23, 2010 Subject:
Good ear; that WAS Betty Boop, slowed down to match Clarice's voice. I feared that I couldn't find anything better before Xmas and posted the video, intending to upgrade it later. Then I remembered the Singing Cowgirl western series by Monogram, and nicked one of those tunes to replace Ms. Boop's voice. I tried to find any copyright info on the tune, but all I could determine was that it had never been released on an album, so I figured it was safe to use.
Still not perfect, but it never will be, so I'm satisfied. Try the new one out!
Reviewer:Freddie Jaye -
December 22, 2010 Subject:
A noble effort
Kudos to Skybandit for going to all this effort. No one expects a pieced-together project like this one to be perfect, but "Santa's Ninth Reindeer" works better than you might think.
Best: Santa's song near the beginning, the various versions of Jingle Bells, and the elves' "Carol of the Bells".
The worst: Clarice's big number. The singer sounds like Betty Boop on a helium jag.
But overall, a very solid effort. Someone who's not familiar with the original Rankin/Bass production might not notice anything out of kilter. Alas, the rest of us have too much cultural baggage (and great memories)of "Rudolph".
Thank you Skybandit. It ain't perfect, but it's really good.